Category: Advice

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How to Discuss Palliative Care and Hospice with Patients 

How to Discuss Palliative Care and Hospice with Patients 

Discussions about end of life are some of the most difficult to hold with a patient and his or her family. Some clinicians report that they never [...]
The Benefits of Group Studying

The Benefits of Group Studying

There can be many pros and cons of studying alone vs. in a group setting. Discovering your preferred method, along with healthy study habits and t [...]
Learning to Use “People First” Language with Patients 

Learning to Use “People First” Language with Patients 

With all the regulations and documentation and cultural requirements you have to absorb into your daily practice, changing the language you use to [...]
Do I Have to Report My Mental Illness as a Physician?

Do I Have to Report My Mental Illness as a Physician?

Despite the fact that mental illness is talked about more openly than in decades past, and in some corners, its stigma is being reduced, many rema [...]
Calling New Interns: Tips For Surviving Your Intern Year

Calling New Interns: Tips For Surviving Your Intern Year

For a lot of people, July is the start of summer. The start of pool time, barbecues with friends, but for Medical Interns, it's time to get to wor [...]
Preventive Measures to Make a Hangover More Manageable

Preventive Measures to Make a Hangover More Manageable

Independence Day is usually filled with grilling, watching fireworks and for some, drinking a healthy amount of alcohol. Check out our preventive [...]
How to Ace Your PA Exam: Tips & Tricks

How to Ace Your PA Exam: Tips & Tricks

Even though I acknowledge that grades and tests don't always correlate appropriately with the quality of health care a student will go on to provi [...]
7 Tips to Make Your Practice LGBTQ+ Friendly

7 Tips to Make Your Practice LGBTQ+ Friendly

In today's world, doctors and healthcare professionals have to strive to create a comfortable environment so patients will want to come back and s [...]
How I Prioritize Fitness as a Busy Physician

How I Prioritize Fitness as a Busy Physician

Prioritizing fitness is a challenge for many people and can be even more cumbersome as a practicing physician. With busy schedules and late-night [...]
17 Useful Medical Podcasts for Healthcare Professionals

17 Useful Medical Podcasts for Healthcare Professionals

Whether you are an aspiring physician or experienced in your specialty, we have no doubt that you are passionate about the medical industry. You k [...]
New Year’s Resolutions to Share with Your Patients

New Year’s Resolutions to Share with Your Patients

A New Year’s resolution that you can share with patients? That doesn’t sound even vaguely realistic. The point is, it might be possible to share N [...]
Why Would a Seemingly Well-Adjusted Doctor Commit Suicide?

Why Would a Seemingly Well-Adjusted Doctor Commit Suicide?

We all know them: the high performing, high volume physicians who seem to be in control, driven, engaged, and highly motivated. They may be physic [...]
Applying Your Past Experiences to Your Medical Training

Applying Your Past Experiences to Your Medical Training

We all come from different backgrounds. I remember my incoming medical school class at Penn State consisted of a wide range of individuals—some th [...]
Resident Edition: What Inspired You to Become a Doctor?

Resident Edition: What Inspired You to Become a Doctor?

Inspiration comes in many different forms, but for medical residents, it is usually in the shape of a human being who loomed large somewhere in th [...]
Part II: Private Practice or Academics or Both?

Part II: Private Practice or Academics or Both?

We’ve already discussed the differences regarding private practice and academics, but the ultimate question any medical student and resident asks [...]
Identifying and Addressing Sexual Misconduct in Healthcare

Identifying and Addressing Sexual Misconduct in Healthcare

A recent survey of 6,200 physician and clinicians in the US finds that 10% report being sexually abused, harassed, or experiencing sexual miscondu [...]
Caregivers on the Rise — Integral to the Care Team

Caregivers on the Rise — Integral to the Care Team

It’s common knowledge that the population is aging. The US Census Bureau estimates that by next year there will be 50 million Baby Boomers over th [...]
From Residency to Attendingship: Tips for Success

From Residency to Attendingship: Tips for Success

I still remember Match Day like it was yesterday. And just over ten years later, here I am a full-fledged attending, having been in practice for thr [...]
Explaining Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia vs. Natural Memory Loss

Explaining Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia vs. Natural Memory Loss

The sad and scary truth is: 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Over the next 30 years that number is expected to nearly tr [...]
Part I: Private Practice Versus Academic Medicine

Part I: Private Practice Versus Academic Medicine

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” While potentially cliché, I've seen this statement holds true in medicine. Thro [...]
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